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aarealskei 12-10-2003 06:29 PM

I have asked this question on several occasions and have done lots of research on the various products on the market. Just today, I asked one of the attendants at Whole Foods which laundry detergent do most customers purchase and he was not able to tell me. I have tried seventh generation and, today, I purchased Ecos. In an effort to not spend a mini fortune on laundry soap, I thought it might be nice to put together a poll to see what is most popular on this board. I also suggested to the attendant at WF that perhaps they could post more information regarding cleaning products to better help their customers in making decisions. After all....don't the supermarket brand detergents and various products advertise on tv, etc? Maybe this thread will generate enough responses to help one another make wise, less costly decisions when it comes to purchasing laundry detergent. Maybe something like this could be done for all cleaning products, too.



Thanks for all responses. OH...it would be nice to know if some people have dirtier laundry than others (ie grass stains from sports, "children" stains, etc.), that way, we can all see what works best for various types of soiled clothing.

GhostUser 12-10-2003 07:26 PM

I'm all for Sun & Earth!

freemouse 12-10-2003 07:47 PM

I buy bulk from the HFS, it comes from a bucket so I am not sure if it has a brand at all. The stuff smells coconutty and is the only thing my skin can tolerate.

epski 12-10-2003 07:51 PM

I vary between Seventh Generation and Planet, so I voted for 7th G and Other.

Christy 12-10-2003 07:53 PM

Oxyclean. My husband's a mechanic, but the clothes aren't that dirty. I don't use the Oxyclean for cold wash loads, but use OrangeClean. (Oxyclean doesn't dissolve too well in cold.) I get them both through their "Clean Club" (www.greatcleaners.com) which ships them on a schedule you set (i.e. every 90 days) so I don't pay shipping.

kpickell 12-11-2003 12:08 AM

I buy a brand called "Sun" but I assume it's different from Sun & Earth, so I voted Other. It says "not tested on animals" on the label (which is why I buy it over other brands), but I don't know if it's vegan or ecofriendly. I buy it from Big Lots because it's very cheap there, but they also sell it at Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart.

scareyvegan 12-11-2003 06:32 AM

i like shaklees stuff somewhat



christy, is oxyclean vegan????

and does it work pretty well?



nothing seems to get my mechanic uniforms clean... well they get clean, just incredibly staind

mine get pretty damn dirty

Christy 12-11-2003 06:42 AM

I'll have to check when I get home and get back to you. I couldn't find any ingredient lists on the site.

Artichoke47 12-11-2003 07:35 AM

I just bought Ecos yesterday, so I haven't used it yet, but my clothes rarely have a single stain on them.

natalie 12-11-2003 07:54 AM

I always buy Ecover.

missleigh 12-11-2003 07:56 AM

I usually use Seventh Generation, but it really doesn't get heavy stains out. Luckily, I don't have lots of heavy stains. Ha.

aarealskei 12-11-2003 09:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by kpickell View Post

I buy a brand called "Sun" but I assume it's different from Sun & Earth, so I voted Other. It says "not tested on animals" on the label (which is why I buy it over other brands), but I don't know if it's vegan or ecofriendly. I buy it from Big Lots because it's very cheap there, but they also sell it at Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart.



Kpickell - would you be so kind as to share the ingredients in you Sun detergent? I live close to a Big Lots and two Wally-Worlds and I would love to save some money. I just need to be certain that the Sun stuff doesn't have anything in it that might cause an allergic reaction to my hubby and daughter, who can both be sensitive to some detergents.

dotnetdiva 12-11-2003 10:07 AM

Most of the health stores and even regular grocery stores around here sell mostly Seventh Generation, so I would think that's a pretty widespread brand, but yesterday at my local HFS I noticed a new line they carried called Ecocover, so now I'm trying that. My laundry is never very dirty either.

scareyvegan 12-11-2003 07:10 PM

i need someone with horribly dirty laundry to tell me which is best!!!



my uniforms look like hell

i cant figure out why we wear ultra light gray shirts

inkie 12-12-2003 10:05 AM

We always have super dirty laundry with six kids in the house. I work at a fast food place, my brother works at a grocery store and my dad builds roads. Always messy smelly and gross in general. Right now we are using a mix of All free and clear (probably not too eco friendly or even necessarily vegan) and oxiclean. Works pretty well and gets the clothes clean. It would be nice to know of a eco friendly vegan laundry soap that works really good though.

Christy 12-12-2003 10:33 AM

There are not ingredient listings on the following products:



OxiClean

OxiClean Laundry Detergent

OxiSoft Fabric Softener

OxiClean Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

OrangeClean Liquid Laundry Detergent



On the laundry detergent box, I found this:



"Contains Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, and Odor-Fighting Enzymes."



and



"Color safe, chlorine free, dye and perfume free, phosphate free and is safe for septic systems."



bold - also in OxiClean



I emailed them from the website asking for the listings.

Christy 12-12-2003 06:11 PM

Here's the response. The bolded items are ones I use. "Detergents", "Propellants", "Preservatives", "Solvents", etc. are a bit vague, eh?









Thank you for taking the time to email us.

I have included a listing of the product ingredients. We also have ingredient listing on all of our Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) which can be found online on our website www.greatcleaners.com. The products you have listed do not contain animal-derived ingredients.



Bar of Oranges:

Orange Oil, Vegetable Oils, Glycerin, Purified Water, Honey, Cocoa Butter, Lecithin, Aloe Vera Extract, Vitamin E, Fragrant Essential Oils (fragrance), FD&C Yellow #5



Kaboom Eliminator Instant Stain Remover

Water, Solvents, Detergents, Propellants, Fragrance



Kaboom Porcelain, Tile and Grout Restorer

Water, Organic Acid Salt, Polymer, Fragrance, Bitrex



Kaboom Shower, Tub & Tile Cleaner

Water, Organic Acid Salt, Polymer, Fragrance, Corrosion Inhibitor, Bitrex



Kaboom All Purpose Stain Remover

Water, Detergents, Sodium metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Fragrance



New Life for Wood

Beeswax, Linseed Oil, Orange Oil, Turpentine



Orange Breeze

Water, Paraffin, Napthenic Solvent, Fragrance, Fatty Alcohol Esters of Methyl Methacrylic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleat, Propellants



Orange Clean Degreaser & Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Orange Cleanâ Super-Concentrate

Water, Orange Oil, Detergents



Orange Clean Foam

Water, Orange Oil, Propellants, Alcohol



Orange Clean Kitchen & Bathroom Wipes

Water, Detergents, Orange Oil



Orange Clean Dishwashing Liquid

Water, Detergents, Orange Oil




Orange Clean Dishwashing Liquid-new 25 oz 2002

Water, Detergents, Orange Oil, Sodium Citrate, Dye



Orange Clean Liquid Hand Soap-Foaming

Water, Anionic and Nonionic Surfactants, Propylene Glycol, Preservative, Citric acid, Skin protectant, Dye, Orange Oil, Fragrance



Orange Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent

Water, Detergents, Orange Oil




Orange Clean Multi-Purpose Floor Cleaner

Water, Detergents, Orange Oil



Orange Clean Scrubbing Cleanser

Water, Silica, Detergents, Orange Oil, Glycerol, Dye, Preservatives



Orange Clean Window Cleaner-New in 2002

Water, Detergent, Polymer



Orange Eliminator

Water, Solvents, Propellants, Fragrance



Orange Glo Polishing Cloths

Water, Polymer, Orange Oil, Surfactant, Emulsifier, Preservative



Orange Glo Wood Cleaner & Polish

Petroleum Distillates, Silicone Oils, Orange Oil, Dye, Bitrex



Orange Glo Wood Cleaner & Restorer-Aerosol

Petroleum Distillates, Silicone Oils, Orange Oil, Propellants



Orange Glo Wood Floor Polish and Cleaner and Wood Works

Water, Acrylic Polymers, Detergents, Fragrance



Orange Go

Petroleum Distillates, Silicone, Orange Fragrance, Water, Wax



Orange Grove

Orange Oil



OxiClean Active Stain Remover

Water, Surfactant, Polymer, Solvent, Hydrogen Peroxide



OxiClean MultiPurpose Stain Remover

Sodium Percarbonate, Soda Ash, Silicate, Detergent, Polymer Water Dispersible Pigment (blue)



OxiClean Instant Spot Remover Wipes

Water, Detergents, Orange Oil, Citrate, Fragrance, Preservative



OxiClean Spot & Stain Pre-treater

Water, Detergents, Orange Oil




OxiClean Laundry Detergent (15# bucket)

Sodium Carbonate, Detergents, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Perborate, Enzymes



OxiClean Laundry Detergent (OxiWash)

Detergents, Polypeptides, Oxi Clean




OxiClean Toilet Tabs - New- Spring 2002

Sodium bicarbonate, Sodium Bisulfate, Sulfamic Acid, Sorbitol, Sodium Perborate, Surfactant, Enzymes, Dye



OxiClean OneStep Dishwasher Detergent

Detergent, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Sodium carbonate, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Perborate, Enzymes, Fragrance




OxiClean Dishwasher Detergent (OxiShine)

OxiClean, Detergents, Polypeptides, Salts, Fragrance



OxiSoft Fabric Softener

Surfactants, Fragrance, Dye




Orange Clean Powerful Paste Cleaner

Water, Quartz Flour, Detergents, Orange Oil, Dyes



Slick Shield

Detergents, Silicone, Water



Orange for Hands

Water, Detergents, Glycerin, Orange Oil





Monalisa Finley

Corporate Consumer Care Specialist

Orange Glo International

Phone: 1-800-781-7529

Fax: 303-740-5402

Email: [email protected]

scareyvegan 12-12-2003 06:25 PM

do they test on animals?

Christy 12-12-2003 07:13 PM

Not according to this.

RichBeBe 12-12-2003 07:22 PM

I/we use Trader Joes brand

scareyvegan 12-13-2003 08:25 AM

christy, youre the best!!!

Christy 12-13-2003 09:09 AM

No problem!

WonderRandy 12-13-2003 09:13 AM

my roommates and I chipped in and bought a 5 gallon bucket of BioKleen (the cheapest one we could get in bulk). We had to special order it from the HFS I work at. thank the gods for my 20% discount! it was like $65 AFTER my discount, but it will last us forever! it's ultra concentrated, 1 oz. per load (although we found that it takes a little more to get the laundry really clean). It was critical to us that we get something that was ecofriendly, as our washer is outside and drains directly onto the ground, and something that was gentle, as I am allergic to harsh detergents. the Bio Kleen covers all our needs.

SallyK 12-14-2003 08:27 PM

I use Seventh Generation. I'm fairly happy with it, although I don't know if you'd like it considering how heavily soiled your clothes are. I keep a big stack of rags in my kitchen to wipe up my toddler son after meals and snacks and they get really gross. I wash them with the Seventh Generation stuff and they look clean but they don't smell clean. I will have to figure out a way to solve this problem.



I try to stay away from the conventional products because as Christy's list showed, they are filled with petrochemicals.

icicle 12-15-2003 01:08 AM

i use something called mountain green.. it works well and smells nice.. ! www.mtngreen.com

lizzybean 12-15-2003 08:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SallyK View Post

I use Seventh Generation. I'm fairly happy with it, although I don't know if you'd like it considering how heavily soiled your clothes are. I keep a big stack of rags in my kitchen to wipe up my toddler son after meals and snacks and they get really gross. I wash them with the Seventh Generation stuff and they look clean but they don't smell clean. I will have to figure out a way to solve this problem.



I try to stay away from the conventional products because as Christy's list showed, they are filled with petrochemicals.







a 1/4 cup of baking soda in your loads will definately kill odors and add extra cleanliness. baking soda is amazing, you should try adding that with your detergent.

kpickell 12-15-2003 11:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by aarealskei View Post

Kpickell - would you be so kind as to share the ingredients in you Sun detergent? I live close to a Big Lots and two Wally-Worlds and I would love to save some money. I just need to be certain that the Sun stuff doesn't have anything in it that might cause an allergic reaction to my hubby and daughter, who can both be sensitive to some detergents.



Oh, I just saw your message. ... Unfortunately I'm out of detergent at the moment. It's made by Huish Detergents, Inc, they also make CuddleSoft Fabric Softner that I use. I tried to do a google search to see if I could find out the ingredients, but they weren't listed on their website. But the google search did pull up several animal rights websites that confirm that Huish doesn't test on animals. Next time I get to the store to buy more laundry detergent I'll let you know the ingredients.

Moonflower 12-17-2003 08:56 PM

I love Ecos - my clothes used to smell gross after washing from the Tide I was using. Really sour and yucky. I was begining to think that was just how I smelled! But I could smell it on the rest of the family's clothes too...I couldn't get it out until I changed to Ecos - now my clothes never smell anything but great. It works well on stains also. My clothes don't get dirty, but my partner works in hydrolics and occasionally gets doused with oil. He likes to use simple green with the oily clothes to help. Sometimes we use oxy clean for spots.

Walter 12-17-2003 09:33 PM

Everyone should use Seventh Generation because it's from Vermont.

webbum 12-17-2003 09:45 PM

Tide


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